Welcome to ATS, mazeofSiriusC, and thanks for this inspiring thread!
First of all, you're totally right to be amazed of the way our technical development took in the last 50 years. I myself remember those days in the
80ies, when the PCs screens were gray or green. It was just some days ago, when I remembered my old math teacher who tried to enthuse us for the wild
world of computers by letting us typing down many command lines, that finally resultated in the display of a perfect circle (if you didn't make a
It didn't really impress me, because I thought: So much (programming) work for such little outcome. But somehow I felt, that indeed there was more to
discover, and with the years passing by I saw the displays on the screens getting more and more impressive.
The development is indeed accelerating. And there's one word, that describes this development in a perfect (because of it's double meaning) way:
the development is awesome
. In german, "awesome" means also "great" as it means "terrifying". It's as wonderful as scaring.
Funnily, in many religions, god
is also described as "awesome".
So many thoughts in my head, so difficult to express. So many informations...
We're truly living in the information age, and sometimes, when I face the flood of informations, I sometimes fear to drown in it.
More than ever it's true: Knowledge is power. Soon there will be the first information wars. And the main goal of the combattants will be to
disconnect their enemy from the flow of information, and more than ever this will cause greatest damages to the affected societies.
Just remember the beginnings of "Die Hard 4", when a group of criminal hackers created a great chaos by just disturbing the correct flow of
information (producing the traffic chaos).
Just think about what happens, when suddenly the internet is gone...
Of course some people will feel no difference, especially the older ones or those living in rural areas.
But many many people will start feeling very uncomfortable.
You might laugh now, but I tell you this: The more we're used to the internet, it's services; the more it becomes a essential part of our daily
routine, the more we'll get hit when it's gone.
Thinking about this, I just ask myself, what were the recent talkings about this new "red button" for the President of the United States?
But there's so much more to this topic:
mazeofSiriusC, you wrote of powers so awesome that our human brains literally struggle to comprehend it.
It was the german philosopher Günther Anders who created many decades ago (and in face of the development of the atomic bomb) the term "Promethean
decline", with which he described man's disabillity to imagine what he's capable of.
And nowadays we're capable of far more things than in the days Anders created this term (although, the development of the atomic bomb indeed was a
milestone. or a menetekel, as you like)
The development of the computer and the internet has a dramatic effect on our development. It's on future generations to decide, whether this effect
was a good one.
Of course, if there will be future generations.
For a second time, Günther Anders:
"It does not suffice to change the world. We do that anyway. And to a large extent that happens even without our involvement. In addition we have to
interpret this change. Precisely because to change it. That therefore the world does not change without us. And ultimately into a world without
mazeofSiriusC, you asked: "Are we our Alien's , our "Grays" past selves?"
This is a very remarkable question. What if if this is true.
Just now I remember something very disturbing.
In 1935, there was a german author named Paul Gurk. He lived in Berlin and saw the uprise of the Nazis. And in the face of that, he wrote a Dystopia,
that is rather unknown today: "Tuzub 37 or - The Gray Race"
[edit on 26/6/10 by Peloquin]